Whose Publication May Cause My Arrest For "Sedition" Under GW Bush's
Misnamed "Patriot" Act, Indefinite Detention, Secret Trial In A
Foreign Land Before A Military Tribunal, And Execution
by Ronald Bradley
following quotations about the nature of government were extracted
from HL Mencken's masterful (and enormous) A
New Dictionary Of Quotations On Historical Principles. Interestingly,
the book was published in 1942 during an earlier (and Constitutionally
good government prevails men of little worth submit to men of great
worth. When bad government prevails men of little power submit to
men of great power." ~ Mencius, c. 300 BC
degenerates into tyranny, aristocracy into oligarchy, and democracy
into savage violence and chaos." ~ Polybius, c. 125 BC
good government produces citizens distinguished for courage, love
of justice, and every other good quality; a bad government makes
them cowardly, rapacious, and the slave of every foul desire." ~
Dionysius of Halicarnassus, c. 20 BC
who wishes to be a tyrant, and does not slay Brutus, and he who
wishes to establish a free state, and does not slay the sons of
Brutus, maintains his work for only a short time." ~ Machiavelli,
world is ruled by a certain few, even as a little boy of twelve
years old rules, governs and keeps a hundred great and strong oxen
upon a pasture." ~ Luther, 1569
will govern according to the common weal, but not according to the
common will." ~ King
James I, 1621
a government lasts a long while it deteriorates by insensible degrees.
end through luxury, monarchies through poverty." ~
rivers and bad governments the lightest things swim at the top."
~ Franklin, 1754
all sorts of government man is made to believe himself free, and
to be in chains." ~
King Stanislaus of Poland, 1763
in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage,
is but a necessary evil; in its worst stage, an intolerable one."
~ Paine, 1776
is, abstractedly taken, an evil, a usurpation upon the private judgment
and individual conscience of mankind. Society is produced by our
wants, and government by our wickedness." ~ Jefferson, 1796
nation has the government it deserves." ~ de Maistre, 1811
government is not a government of laws is a despotism, be it called
what it may." ~ Webster, 1835
less government we have the better." ~ Emerson, 1841
object of the state is always the same: to limit the individual,
to tame him, to subordinate him, to subjugate him." ~ Stirner,
lays his hand on me to govern me is a usurper and tyrant, and I
declare him my enemy." ~
authority of government can have no pure right over my person or
property but what I concede to it." ~ Thoreau, 1849
man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent."
~ Lincoln, 1854
government is evil." ~ Haydon, 1876
is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us." ~
teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's
purposes are beneficient." ~ Brandeis, 1928
three long years I have been going up and down this country preaching
that government costs too much. I shall not stop that preaching."
~ FDR, 1932
from Mencken himself…..
good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar."
no underestimating the intelligence of the American public."
will never cease until babies come into the world with larger cerebrums
and smaller adrenal glands."
wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a
woman for a purely moral reason."
government is organized exploitation, and in virtually all of its
existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and
suffer most when the White House is bursting with ideas."
him mail] is director of the
Centre of Australia.
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